News for Authors

What’s New on Your Favorite Social Media Platforms?

by Neda Dallal|March, 2018

In the age of social media, our communication platforms are constantly in flux. In this article, we highlight recent updates to the most popular social media platforms, and how these changes will be relevant to you. Incorporating these updates into your social media routine might really help to extend your brand and increase awareness about your books! Read more

Facebook Pivots to Video, Introduces Watch

by Milena Schmidt|October, 2017

Penguin Random House is among a select group of partners, including A&E, BuzzFeed, and others, who are creating video for the newly launched Facebook Watch. Read on to learn more about this initiative and how we’re using it to connect readers with books and authors.   Read more

Using Facebook and Twitter Analytics to Shape Your 2017 Social Media Goals

by Emily Hughes|December, 2016

Last month, we hosted a webinar on Facebook and Twitter Analytics. In this article, we discuss some of the takeaways from that webinar, as well as let you know how these ideas can help shape your 2017 social media goals. Read more

Connecting with Readers on Facebook Live

by Milena Schmidt|July, 2016

Facebook Live is an exciting new way to connect with readers on the platform using live video. This month’s marketing tip shares everything you need to know about this new feature, and how you can use it to effectively promote your book and your brand. Read more

Reaching Readers Through Social at Penguin Random House

by Emily Hughes|April, 2016

The social media teams at Penguin Random House work hard to amplify news about our books and authors in an ever-changing digital landscape. Read on to learn about the creative ways our teams use social media to grow your readership. Read more

5 Steps to Creating Great Digital-Video Metadata

by John Clinton|April, 2016

As an author, you can use video to connect with your readers in a number of ways: announcing the release of your latest book, answering fan questions, or even creating your own book trailer. These types of videos help readers learn more about your books and discover the personality behind the pages—but in an online world inundated by video, how can you make sure the right audience finds yours? Read on to learn about five easy steps to optimize metadata and help your videos reach your readers. Read more

New Year’s Resolution for Authors: Find Your Social Media Joy

by Brandi Larsen|January, 2016

With the zillions of sites available for people to connect, it’s forgivable for your head to swim when you think about where to focus your social media efforts. Read more

Picture-Perfect Social Media Profile Photos

by Milena Schmidt|December, 2015

A picture is said to speak a thousand words, and determining the best visual to use for your social media profiles can be a daunting task. We asked publicity and social media experts to share tips and best practices to help you literally put your best face forward, across different platforms. Read more

Facebook Updates You Should Know About

by Ben Steinberg|December, 2014

Facebook recently announced a number of updates to their site that will impact how you and your fans interact. We summarize the highlights and recommend some actions you might take.

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Reach Readers with Facebook Q&A

by Susan Katz|November, 2013

One of the best ways to interact with fans is to answer their questions directly. Did you know that you can easily host a Facebook Author Q&A? With 83 percent of all time online in the United States spent on Facebook (source: Comscore), the platform is a must for authors looking to build a presence and engage with readers on social media. Read on to learn about Facebook Author Q&As and tips for maximizing your presence on Facebook.

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